How to change email sort order in Outlook

This is in reply to query posted by one of the reader of this blog regarding the email sort order in Outlook 2016, 2013 & 2010.

My inbox email at first listed emails by Date, then Sender. Now emails are listed by Date, then Subject. How can I change the Subject header back to Sender?

Outlook users can change the email sort order using the View Settings option. Listed below are the steps to be followed to change the sorting order.

  • Right click on the email list pane header and select View Settings from the menu list.


  • In the Advanced View Settings: Compact Window, click the Sort button.


  • In the Sort Option, select From for Then By drop down below the Sort items by drop down.


This would sort the emails first by Received Date (Descending) then by Sender (Ascending). Click Ok button to confirm and save the changes.

In Category: MS Office, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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